Australia is one of the most urbanized and beautiful countries in the world. The general thought is that Australia is very similar to North America which is partially true. but there are some major differences you want to know before visiting this amazing country. If you’re lucky enough to travel to this country keep reading as in this post, we’ll talk about 10 things to know before traveling to Australia.
You don’t have to tip
With $19.84 per hour for minimum wage jobs, bartenders, hotel workers, and taxi drivers don’t rely on tips for a decent living. They charge you enough for the services they provide that you are not expected to pay tips at all.
Rental amounts are per week
You may see a 5 bedroom house for rent in Australia with an ocean view and a big pool for $800. Step back, take a deep breath, and move forward as the rental amounts in Australia are mostly per week!
Call 000 if you need 911
Australia’s emergency number is 000 which is honestly way easier than 911. Then you’ll be directed to the police, fire, or ambulance departments, depending on your needs.
Don’t swim with the sharks
There are flags in the water near every beach which means the safe zone before becoming face to face with a shark! But even between the flags, you still want to be careful and swim with others, rather than alone.
Tim Tam is your new Oreos
Tim Tam is Aussies’ favorite snack. They eat a pack of Tim Tams in a second or two and never share! Make sure to leave some room in your suitcase as you’ll end up bringing a lot of Tim Tams with you back home!
Smoking doesn’t come cheap
The cheapest pack of cigarettes costs $29 in Australia with $48.50 for a pack of Marlboro Golds. Then if you smoke a lot, give it another thought before traveling to Australia.
Kangaroos and Koalas aren’t everywhere
Since Australia is urbanized in most parts, wildlife has been pushed back to the national parks. Then if you like to spot Kangaroos and relaxing Koalas in Australia, visit places like the Atherton Tablelands region in far North Queensland, Kangaroo Island which is about an hour from Adelaide, or The ecosystem at the Great Barrier Reef.
Australia is huge
Australia is not your typical European country. For example, a flight between East Coast (Brisbane) and the West Coast (Perth) will take you 5.5 hours. Road trips would be even longer, like a trip from Cairns to Brisbane is practically impossible in less than 3 days.
Summer is different across Australia
Australian summers aren’t generally nice like in Europe and North America. The weather varies from region to region. It’s generally hot, like really hot! There are also chances of heavy rains like in 2010 when the whole city of Brisbane flooded.
Learn Aussie English
Australian English almost sounds like a foreign language for the first few hours, but you’ll get used to it soon. Slang words aren’t that complicated either, like the ones below.
- Ute =pick up truck
- Fortnightly = every 2 weeks
- Lollies = candy
- Bushwalking = hiking/trekking
- Boot = trunk
- tomato sauce = ketchup
- chuck a u-ey = make a U-turn/turn around;
- do you want to join us for tea = do you want to join us for dinner